Thompson returns from sickness to steer Warriors previous Lakers

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson returned from a one-game absence with an sickness to attain 28 factors and light-weight up the Lakers for the second time in 13 days, main the Golden State Warriors to a 115-101 victory Saturday evening over a Los Angeles crew once more lacking LeBron James.

Splash Brother Stephen Curry missed his first eight pictures earlier than a layup with 6:20 remaining and nonetheless wound up with 14 factors, two days after going off for 41 in a loss to the 76ers when he hit 10 3-pointers. The remainder of the Warriors picked up the slack.

Andre Iguodala hit a go-ahead Three within the last minute of the third, two extra early within the fourth as Golden State pulled away and completed with 17 factors. DeMarcus Cousins contributed his first double-double with 18 factors and 10 rebounds in his second house recreation and seventh in all since getting back from an almost yearlong restoration from surgical procedure for a ruptured left Achilles tendon.

Kevin Durant added 21 factors and 11 of the Warriors’ 31 assists.

The Lakers hung robust with out James simply as they did right here in a 127-101 victory Christmas evening. They misplaced James within the third quarter of that recreation to a strained left groin. He returned from a 17-game absence Thursday evening towards the Clippers solely to sit down once more Saturday.

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James’ relaxation was for what coach Luke Walton known as “load administration.” The four-time MVP had been set for his second recreation again however awakened Friday “very sore” after enjoying 40 minutes within the 123-120 extra time win towards the Clippers. He completed with 24 factors, 14 rebounds and 9 assists.

Cousins drove for a grimy one-handed slam towards Kyle Kuzma on the 5:28 mark of the third then stared him down and trash-talked to select up a technical.

Golden State had its 11-game successful streak, longest within the NBA this season, snapped with a 113-104 loss to the 76ers on Thursday evening in Cousins’ house debut. The Warriors missed Thompson in that one.

He related on his first 4 pictures Saturday with a Three and completed 10 for 15.

On Jan. 21 at L.A., Thompson tied an NBA file by making his first 10 makes an attempt from 3-point vary — going 10 for 11 from deep total and hitting seven within the third quarter — on the best way to 44 factors within the Warriors’ 130-111 win. Golden State led by 36 at one level towards the short-handed Lakers.

TIP-INS

Lakers: Reserve C Tyson Chandler additionally rested for the Lakers. … Los Angeles shot 7 for 27 from 3-point vary.

Warriors: Durant notched his fourth points-assists double-double of the season. … Coach Steve Kerr received his seventh Western Convention Coach of the Month award in 5 seasons, honored for the month of January. … Draymond Inexperienced had seven extra assists to present him 75 in his previous eight video games.

McGEE’S BLING

Ex-Warriors middle JaVale McGee obtained his championship ring ultimately. He had been sick and didn’t journey with the crew to the Bay Space for the Christmas recreation.

McGee obtained his ring from Iguodala, who initially introduced his former teammate with an empty field as a joke. McGee then held the ring to both aspect of the courtroom and waved throughout a rousing ovation for the large man who spent two seasons within the Bay Space.

“JaVale was an enormous a part of the final two championships,” Kerr mentioned. “It’s solely proper to honor him and current him his ring and provides him his second in entrance of our followers for them to say thanks. … To have the ability to rely on JaVale over the last couple of years whether or not he was enjoying or not and the professionalism he confirmed, his endurance he confirmed when he wasn’t enjoying, that’s what it takes. It takes all people’s dedication, whether or not they’re on the ground or not. He earned these two rings.”

RECRUITING KLAY

Lakers followers approach up within the rafters chanted “We would like Thompson! We would like Thompson!” — he turns into a free agent this summer season — as he shot free throws within the second quarter. His father, Mychal, was a star for Los Angeles.

UP NEXT

Lakers: At Indiana on Tuesday.

Warriors: Host the Spurs on Wednesday.

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